Tuesday, July 27, 2021

93 Days Pandemic Rainy Solo Trip in South America

2020-2021 America Pandemic Adventures Filipino Solo Trip
February 04, 2021 to May 08, 2021

Philippine passport holders are visa upon arrival with visa fee gratis for these 3 countries (Colombia, Bolivia, Peru), eligible for visa application on arrival in Guyana and need to apply visa before travel in Paraguay and Ecuador. I already visited Brazil (2018), Argentina (2019), Chile (2020) and Uruguay (2020). Despite the strict entry immigration requirements and danger of Covid19 pandemic challenge, I visited them all successfully as a Filipino Solo Backpacker on budget DIY basis using Philippine passport only. 

South America is the wilder of the Americas, and a continent of superlatives. The world's biggest rainforest and the largest river (Amazon), the highest mountain range outside Asia (the Andes), remote islands (Galapagos Islands, Easter Island and Fernando de Noronha), heavenly beaches (such as in Brazil's Northeastern region), wide deserts (Atacama), icy landscapes (Patagonia & Tierra del Fuego), the world's tallest waterfall (the 979m Angel Falls, in Venezuela) and one of the largest (Iguaçu Falls, Argentina and Brazil), as well as several other breathtaking natural attractions. Besides, the work of man has also left rare gems on the continent: ruins of ancient civilizations (Machu Picchu and other Inca cities; the Moais in Easter Island) share the continent with world-class metropolises (São Paulo, Buenos Aires, Bogotá, Caracas, Santiago, Lima and Rio de Janeiro), outstanding modern architecture (Brasilia), European architecture (Buenos Aires), the oldest rock paintings in the Americas (at the Serra da Capivara), strong African heritage (in Salvador, Rio and Montevideo), genuine indigenous (Belém, Manaus, Cuzco, Lima, La Paz), charming cities built in the Andes (Caracas, Medellín, Quito, Santiago de Chile) and Eastern culture (São Paulo's enormous Japanese community), mingled with the fingerprints of Iberian colonizers. Ushuaia, the world's southernmost city and some of its biggest festivities, such as Rio's Carnival and Belem's Cirio de Nazaré, the Tango World Championship, and the Vendimia festival in Argentina, are also part of this incredibly diverse and attractive continent.

93 Days Pandemic Rainy Solo Trip in South America

93 Days Pandemic Rainy Solo Trip in South America (Colombia)

93 Days Pandemic Rainy Solo Trip in South America (Bolivia)

timezone - UTC -0500H to -0300H   language - Spanish, Portuguese (Brazil) and English (Guyana)  
visa - Philippine passport holders are visa upon arrival with visa fee gratis for Brazil, Suriname, Colombia, Bolivia, Peru, eligible for visa application on arrival in Guyana and need to apply visa before travel in Paraguay, Ecuador, Chile, Venezuela and Uruguay.
1. There are 12 countries in South America. These are Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
2. The Andes Mountains is the longest mountain range in the world. It stretches for 4,400 miles along the west coast of South America, from Chile to Venezuela. It passes through Argentina, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia.
3. The Amazon Forest is the largest natural rainforest forest in the world. At 2.7 million square miles, it covers 40% of South America. Its square area can fit about 40 USAs.
4. The Amazon River has the largest water volume of any river in the world. In fact, it has more water than the next seven largest rivers combined.
5. South America was named after the Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci.


93 Days Pandemic Rainy Solo Trip in South America (Paraguay)

93 Days Pandemic Rainy Solo Trip in South America (Peru)


01. In Colombia, it's safe to visit the Barrio Pablo Escobar in Medellin (Netflix Narcos / El Patron del Mal), I just walked myself alone from Centro to this place (it's very much safe and peaceful here than Tondo where I was born, raised and lived for 28 years). 

02. In Bolivia, Cochabamba's Cristo de la Concordia (World's 2nd tallest Christ the Redeemer, 1st in Poland 3rd in Brazil) is doable on morning hike within less than 2 hours (45mins up, 30mins top, 20mins down). It is located on 2,840masl height with 265m altitude gain.

03. In Paraguay, free admission and Guided Tour inside the Itaipu Binacional Dam, World's 2nd largest dam and one of the best modern engineering creation (same like Panama Canal) that supplies renewable energy to Brazil (10%) and Paraguay (90%). Regular departures from KM4 area for G3,000 with 20 minutes travel from Ciudad del Este. Bring soft copy of passport.

04. In Peru, it's cheaper, practical and convenient to book for Vinicunca (Rainbow Mountain), Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu transportation in travel agency than doing it DIY. 

05. In Ecuador, no money exchanger facility, banks don't accept huge bill ($100, $500) change unless you made any transaction with them. What I did was I seek the assistance of staff in Tourist Information Office to deposit my money (as they suggested) and then they will withdraw that money in ATM. In addition, most of the retail stores and public transportation doesn't change even just for $20. What I did was I don't show the smaller bills everytime I pay, force them to give me the change later. 

06. In Guyana, Kaieteur Falls day trip is mostly available only during weekends (Fri to Sun) and costs 215 USD (excluding transport service from/to Ogle Airport). I took my trip via 592 Tours with Mr. Malcolm whatsapp +592-6627580. You should be seated on the right side of the plane (two-seater) for awesome waterfalls aerial view. 


01 Chimborazo Volcano Lagoon Concha, Ecuador (5,300masl) - success visit, highest altitude I reached on my entire Pandemic Challenge
02 Rainbow Mountain, Peru (5,120masl) - summited, Peru's best high altitude day-hike with awesome Andes views (Red Valley visited too) 
03 Cotopaxi Volcano Refuge, Ecuador (4,864masl) - Ecuador's 2nd highest peak
04 Rucu Pichincha, Ecuador (4,696masl) - summited, one of Ecuador's toughest day-hike
05 Tungurahua Volcano Refuge, Ecuador (3,830masl) - success visit, highest continuous altitude gain in a dayhike at 2,010m and the hardest dayhike I had
06 Pukaventana, Peru (3,522masl) - summited, lockdown chill day-hike just beside Huaraz 
07 Laguna Cuicocha, Ecuador (3,512masl) - summited, Ecuador's best on loop rim hiking 
08 Sacred Valley, Peru (3,487masl) - success visit, one of Peru's long day-hike but worth it
09 Colca Canyon (3,450masl) - summited, one of Peru's bestvand challenging day-hike
10 Sincholagua Volcano, Ecuador (3,356masl) - summited, just near the Mitad del Mundo 
11 La Casa de Arbol, Ecuador (2,640masl) - success visit, Ecuador's Edge of the World Swinge^
12 Las Manos de Dios, Ecuador (2,566masl) - success visit2, Ecuador's version of Vietnam's Hands of God 
13 La Chorrera Waterfalls, Colombia (2,540masl) - success visit, Colombia's chill day-hike near Bogota
14 Laguna Churup, Peru (2,535masl) - summited, one of Peru's difficult day-hike 
15 Macchu Picchu, Peru (2,489masl) - success visit, Peru's signature landmark 

93 Days Pandemic Rainy Solo Trip in South America (Ecuador)

93 Days Pandemic Rainy Solo Trip in South America (Guyana)


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